Tastes Of The Town Tuesdays

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The Prodigal Drunk has returned …

I don’t know whether I should apologize for my absence last week or say “you’re welcome,” but as surely none of you noticed, I had to go M.I.A. for some mental health issues — those issues being that I have decided to quit smoking, and the first 7 days were tougher to get through than a season of Grey’s Anatomy (truly horrible stuff).

However, I made it out of the storm with zero casualties and only one spiritually-scarred cat who decided to walk under my feet all throughout Day Four. No physical harm was done to the feline, but he did bear witness to some of the more outrageous strings of swear words to have ever left my lips.

Anyway, speaking of smoking …

Barbecue Weather Is Upon Us

After what seems like the Groundhog’s Day version of winter, warmer temperatures are migrating back into town and with it, the sweet, delicious smell of springtime in Kansas City. As long as you’re not driving past Front Street on I-435 or anywhere near northern Fairfax, you are sure to be inundated with the aroma of backyard barbecues as far as the nose can smell.

The above tweet is a notification for the closest upcoming BBQ Contest I can find at the moment — although Tony probably knows of some others — and if you follow this link you’ll see a calendar of (I think) all the scheduled competitions to follow.

A tasty tradition that I’ll never pass up.

Editor’s Note: Yeah, if you wanna know whats going on in the world of BBQ, make KCBS your first stop. Click Here to search for BBQ near you.

Writer’s Note: Step off my toes, Tony, that’s comment section material. Geez …

Featured Artist: Lindsay Wanner

Listen, if you don’t think this is cool as all hell, I’m not sure your eyes work properly:

St. Louis artist Lindsay Wanner uses tangible objects such as CD’s, vinyl, and other physical elements as her medium to create some truly awesome pieces. The above Mahomes work is (obviously) my favorite, but she covers a wide variety …

CD’s and other musical attributes not your wheel house? Not a problem — Lindsay has your sports fix covered …

There are more examples of her awesome work than I have space to post it up, so be sure and check out her website for everything she has to offer — and if you commission a Mahomes piece, enter the promo code “FREEFORDAVE” and you can pay twice the amount so that I get one too!

College Basketball Is Headed To Kansas City

So, I hear that some of you enjoy this sort of thing:

Admittedly, I know more about Competitive Pre-Historic Taxidermy than I do about college basketball, but it is pretty nice to see Kansas City get (what I’m told are) some of the premier match-ups in the upcoming … uh, match-ups. I never root for Kansas anything, and Kentucky is for horse racing and chicken, so I’m gonna go ahead and root for North Carolina.

Petey Pablo approves.

Weekly Debate Fire-Starter

This week I’ve decided to go a slightly different route than usual. Typically I would pit two Kansas City staples or institutions together and see which one wins the comment section cage-match. Instead, today, let’s get a little more topical …

There’s been some recent scuttlebutt (hehe … I love that word) about a potential baseball stadium being built downtown. Maybe you all will agree with me. Maybe you will all disagree with me. Mayhaps you don’t give a damn either way.

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I, for one, would be completely against this idea. First off, I work downtown frequently. Parking is already a headache, and traffic — while not exactly New York or L.A. — is still more than I want to deal with on a bad day. Add in a daytime baseball game and that would only further compound my problem.

Second, taxation is theft … so unless the owner of this proposed complex is willing to pay for the entire thing without a tax increase, “that’s a no from me, dog.” Go ahead and finish that airport terminal first …

What BBQ competitions do you frequent? Will you buy me some Mahomes artwork? How about that stadium idea? Let us know below!

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legal_kush
legal_kush

How does Kansas get to slip into the KC regional if they win a couple? Aren’t they like a twelve seed?

/ducks

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

Best thing you ever did. Quitting smoking. I have been free for 13 years now.

MasterChief
MasterChief

Marching toward 7 years for me!

By the way, Dave, you’ve gone a whole week without smoking and that’s the hardest part! Good job! You’ll still get the urge from time to time but every day makes it easier. The best moment for me was when I walked past a public ash tray and it smelled horrible, then soon after I walked by someone smoking and it didn’t smell good like I remembered. Those moments were when I realized I got over the hump and was home free. You’re well on your way now!

4thQtrMagic
4thQtrMagic

The K is a superb stadium. I have been to multiple mlb stadiums that do not measure up. A downtown stadium and spending millions is just ridiculous. So many other things Kansas City needs to get done.

sportingchiefs

See, even though I’m not a huge baseball fan, I think downtown stadiums are cool. Parking is an issue sure but it wouldn’t be if they could increase public transportation. I’ve had a lot of good experiences getting on the train/tube and getting out at the stadium with all the other supporters singing chants and being excited about going to the match. Same experience after the match when they win. But, without public transit, it’d be almost impossible.

Anthony Stratton

I’m all for moving the baseball stadium downtown. I think downtown ballparks just have a better feel to them. There’s more room on the south side of 670 around the area they’d prolly put it, which would help split out parking/traffic a bit as a lot of people would park around the sprint center then walk over. They do need to improve public transit (streetcar has been a joke) but for some reason the bus system in KC is always overlooked. From what I understand its pretty solid, but for some reason most people in KC don’t even consider riding a but…where in other major cities its viewed as integral public transit.

My suggestion would be a rail that ran from the Legends area to the Stadium, then a rail that ran from the airport south to at least midtown. with a central hub where they crossed downtown. But that makes too much sense…

If they did that, after tearing down the old baseball stadium, you’d have a lot of space to do something with next to Arrowhead to make it more of a destination. Or…more likely as much as I hate to say it, they’d probably eventually build a new football stadium there…with a…dome.

/pukes

sportingchiefs

Being in Europe has really taught me to appreciate the public transit systems. Now, the area that we live in there isn’t much but I can walk or drive to where I need to go. But once you get into London they can actually charge you a “Congestion Charge” for driving your car into the interior parts (it’s supposed to help cut down on the amount of traffic). But taking the tube or train in for a game has been a lot of fun. I have always thought that KC needed some kind of rail between the legends and downtown KC because it would help immensely with Sporting KC games since the parking there isn’t awesome. They have the racetrack sure but it could be better. Idk, just me but I enjoy the public transit and the feeling you get traveling with a large group of supporters to a match.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

We went to Petco Field (San Diego) over the summer, saw a Padre’s game and the Eagles, what a great venue. It’s like a little neighborhood ballpark, blends right into the Gaslamp District. Walk out of the stadium, stop at a local bar and grab a cocktail. Perfect.

sportingchiefs

That’s the other thing I like about taking the tube. Drink all you want, don’t have to drive home. Then again, PL rule prevents spectators from taking alcoholic beverages into the actual seating area. Gotta pound it in the concourse instead because reasons!

BleedingRedAndGold

Regarding Kauffman stadium, my vote’s for staying there. It’s a gem of a stadium in its own right, even before you start comparing to some of the monstrosities in the MLB.

As for the light rail concept (not related to Clay Chastain, are you?), while it may look good on a map, it doesn’t make good economic sense, since it would never come close to being self-supporting, the population and destination densities for crossing that low bar don’t exist in KC. That would create a permanent black hole in gov’t budgets, with the only way to close the gap being through taxes.

Big, expensive project that will have to be permanently subsidized with tax money? Yeah, no thanks.

Anthony Stratton

I think you’d be surprised how much support the rail would get if done in a way that makes sense. As spread out as KC is, and with the major stops being Legends on the far west end and the stadiums on the far east, the airport/zona rosa up north and then all the stuff around downtown I think it’d be a hit.

Living 30 min south of downtown, I’m not going to go do much in the downtown area or legends and then have to drive home (go ahead and assume I’d be drinking). Of course, “call an uber” is easy to say, but when its $40 to get there from my house and $80 to get home (late night increase) its easy to see why I don’t travel far from the house.

Think how much better stadium traffic would be if even a third of the people took the rail.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Problem with the rail is, and this is coming from me, a former railroad employee, its required that all freight trains clear the tracks for passenger freight. When Amtrak comes through, everything has to clear, and if you are switching, or on run through, it really causes a huge bottleneck.
With the amount of major railroads in Kansas City, like KCS, NS, BNSF, UP they will all almost certainly fight this tooth and nail because it subtracts from their bottom lines. The longer the freight cars are in transit, or in possession of the railroad, the longer their liability is on the goods. It is always a rat race, and the major carriers absolutely hate the civilian rail.

Anthony Stratton

I’m talking a stand-alone rail.

CHIEFSandSABRES

And, to lay new track, it would break the city. I’ve spoken with the track bubbas and it is something like $1.2 million per mile for new trackage. Any upstart would have to piggy back off the existing lines, which most almost certainly do not meet Federal Railroad Administration standards to even have passengers on them. Lots of the track is old, and you have to run at what is called “Restricted Speed”

CHIEFSandSABRES

But honestly the thing I enjoyed most about this article, is your shared hatred for Grey’s Anatomy. My wife knows now to not even attempt to watch that garbage ass show when I am in the house. She comes home on her lunch break, or waits till I go to sleep to watch it, because if I even hear any of their voices or the stupid music and politically charged story lines I’ll snap. It is the most cringy and just downright horrible show I have ever had the displeasure of walking into the room on. She did mention to me the other day she hasn’t watched it because they are injecting so much political/SJW stuff into it that its making even my wife, who is not political or cares about that crap at all, seriously turned off. I just told her I hope they cancel the show, and all the people on it move to Barbados or something.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Great job on quitting smoking. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life. Answers to questions.
I do not frequent any BBQ competitions because we do not live in KC, yet.
No to the artwork. Love Mahomes and the team, but I have the typical mancave/garage stuff like flags. I do have a DIY idea for all of those 80’s ad 90’s Chiefs football cards I have.
As for the stadium idea, I’d have to say absolutely not. For several reasons. They just renovated the K and made it where you can walk all the way around, and I love sitting out in the Pepsi Porch area. I agree with the downtown traffic stuff. And I loathe taxes. So many people are below the poverty line in Missouri, and taxing them for a new stadium, while there is a perfectly fine and seriously amazing stadium right outside downtown is stupid.

Anthony Stratton

You can search KCBS for BBQ events near you. Just punch in your zip code and a radius and Boom! There are KCBS sanctioned events all over the world. You might be surprised.

CHIEFSandSABRES

Interesting. Closest event to me is 126 miles away in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

Anthony Stratton

did you select all events and use a date range going out for the full year?

CHIEFSandSABRES

Yes I did an entire year out and set the range at 200 miles. I haven’t been joking when I said on here Albuquerque has zero BBQ scene.

Anthony Stratton

Dang. I blame the meth.

Dave B.
Dave B.

Meat pretty much cooks itself in that heat, yeah?

Anthony Stratton

Just set it on the front porch for 12 hours…

Nasrani
Nasrani

I’m glad that someone else agrees with me that taxation is theft. And slavery. Very few people I’ve ever met have felt that way.

Also congratulations on your decision to quit smoking. I know it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.

Anthony Stratton

I actually have ZERO problem paying taxes. Its what the gov’t does with them thats the problem.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Some people are funny. They love our freedom and security, just don’t want to pay for it. We love to praise our military and the sacrifice our service people make, but don’t want to make a sacrifice ourselves.

Anthony Stratton

Yeah I don’t actually think anyone wants to do away with those things. Just that we often make statements thinking of all the out-front negative reasons.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

I get the criticism and really don’t have much use for politicians, but if there’s a better system of government let me know.

Anthony Stratton

I had a friend who was a teacher, and any time someone would say “teachers should get paid more” she’d say “if teachers got paid more then people would want to do it for the money, and those arent the kind of people you want as teachers”.

Same goes for politicians. They’re supposed to be “public servants”. But they’re really publicly funded celebrities. As long as being a politician remains financially attractive with the housing, travel, lifetime benefits etc, we will continue to stuck with candidates who don’t truly represent us.

Nasrani
Nasrani

I’d never heard it worded quite the way your teacher did, and as someone who’s batting around teaching after I’m done with grad school, that’s a pretty good quote. I’m not sure yet if that will pan out (there are some interesting options for prospects), but it’s certainly pretty high on the list.

Anthony Stratton

The other side of that is you have people who would make really good teachers chose different professions so they can pay their bills.

I wanted to be an English Major and teach high school creative writing…like, really bad. But I knew it was financially limited so I went with engineering…go figure.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

So the best teachers are free? 😉

Anthony Stratton

Nah, she ran about $150 an hour…

Nasrani
Nasrani

I understand the need for taxes, just like I understand the need for dentists, colonoscopies and the government. That does not make any of them any more enjoyable, and I will vocalize my opinion on the matter until the day I either quit being a libertarian or die.

workingmansdead

Or maybe they just want the government to be limited to just those things that are necessary and not pay for fucking baseball stadiums?

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

That’s actually a good investment, creates commerce and improvements to the area which will create tax revenue.

workingmansdead

I can tell you haven’t been to Kaufman stadium (or Arrowhead) recently.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

Nope, but I’ve been to Petco Field (SD) and Staples Center (LA), both neighborhoods improved tremendously because of those investments.

Anthony Stratton

There’s nothing around Kaufman to benefit from the improvement. I mean, I guess more people can get shot at CoCo-Keys across the highway…but thats about it.

Granted, you move it downtown and suddenly you are increasing business for local companies, as people could hit PNL for dinner/drinks before and after games to avoid traffic